Library Checkout: November 2016

I’m winding down with public and university library books for the year and hope to get to the end of the stacks before 2016 is out. I read some terrific books this month! Some of them I’ve already talked about here, and others I may feature in a future post or two. (I’ve given ratings for all the books I finished, and added links to Goodreads for those I managed to review.)



  • Man Walks into a Room by Nicole Krauss



  • Cat Sense by John Bradshaw [to skim only, I think]
  • Poetry Notebook, 2006–2014 by Clive James [to skim only, I think]
  • A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold
  • All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • What Nature Does for Britain by Tony Juniper [to skim only, I think]


  • The Cat Who Came for Christmas, Cleveland Amory
  • The Cat Who Stayed for Christmas, Cleveland Amory


  • The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble
  • Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body by Jo Marchant
  • Family Life by Akhil Sharma
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis


  • The Course of Love by Alain de Botton – requested; I’ll read it on my Kindle instead.
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – I scanned the first few pages and wasn’t in the mood; I may try it again another time.
  • Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch – I read the first 20 pages, but it wasn’t gripping me at all.
  • The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace – same as for the Hardinge.

(Thanks, as always, go to Shannon of River City Reading for the great blog idea and template!)

12 responses

  1. All The Pretty Horses is a good one!


    1. It’s been a while since I’ve read any McCarthy, so I’m looking forward to starting the Border Trilogy. Might wait until January at this point.

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  2. I have Mend the Living on my TBR though not sure when i will ever get around to it. Family Life is great


    1. I quite enjoyed Mend the Living. The style takes a bit of getting used to, though — the sentences run to half a page or even two pages sometimes. And there’s some very abstruse vocabulary despite it being translated from the French. I plan to write it up along with a couple of other organ donation-themed books for early next year.


  3. You’ve had a great library month – all 3 stars and above!
    Curious to hear about the Nicole Krauss and A Mother’s Reckoning…


    1. I finished the Krauss this morning. It has a really interesting premise and I liked the first part (80 pages), but then it goes off in strange directions. Her writing is good, as always, but it wasn’t a particularly satisfying read.

      I expect A Mother’s Reckoning to be quite harrowing…

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      1. I’m waiting for her to write another “History of Love”. 🙂


    2. Definitely. It feels like it’s been a while now since her last book. A great one is overdue! (It will be interesting to see if her divorce has an effect — it was certainly visible in the autobiographical nature of her ex-husband’s last book.)

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      1. I had to look that up – I didn’t know they were married!


    3. Sorry, I should have come right out and said it was Jonathan Safran Foer! Their books are similar in some ways, and I’ve really liked at least one by each of them.

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  4. “To Say Nothing of the Dog” is brilliant and I think you’ll really like it when you get it / get to it. And I’m writing as one who doesn’t really “do” fantasy / alternate history. Just brilliant.


    1. I’m looking forward to it! I was skeptical about Connie Willis but then had to do a write-up of her latest novel and liked what I heard about her screwball style.

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